This Day in History

Today is Wednesday, November 21st, the 325th day of the year.  There are 40 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1877, Thomas Edison announced the invention of his phonograph. 

In 1922, Rebecca Felton of Georgia became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate.

In 1944, "The Roy Rogers Show" was heard for the first time on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

In 1958, Baseball Hall-of-Famer Mel Ott died at the age of 49.

In 1976, The movie "Rocky" starring Sylvester Stallone opened in theaters on this date.

In 1980, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 1980, 83-million viewers tuned in to "Dallas" to find out "Who Shot J-R?."

In 1988, Baseball Hall-of-Famer Carl Hubbell died at the age of 85. 

In 1993, actor Bill Bixby died of cancer at the age of 59.  He is best remembered for his roles on "My Favorite Martian" and "The Incredible Hulk."

In 2005, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon resigned from his ruling Likud Party and announced plans to form his own centrist political group called National Responsibility.  Sharon said his new party would continue to move toward peace in the Middle East.

In 2013, Senate Democrats successfully maneuvered to change Senate rules to curb filibusters.  Invoking the so-called nuclear option, the rule change altered the procedural threshold for presidential nominees from 60 votes to a simple majority in the 100 member Senate. 

In 2015, Democrat John Bel Edwards won Louisiana governor's election.  He became the only Democratic governor south of Virginia.  

In 2015, supporters at a Donald Trump rally in Birmingham, Alabama were caught on a video punching and kicking a protester wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt.  Trump can be heard yelling "Get him the hell outta here."

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